4 Easy Dinners You Should Make This Week

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By Cooking Panda

The weekdays are upon us! Instead of being too tired at the end of the day to make dinner and going out every night, why not spend a few minutes making these totally doable dinners?

1. Thai Red Curry with Chicken and Mango

Make the most out of store-bought curry paste by using the tricks in this recipe. Plus, there’s a great hack to cut down the amount of fat in your coconut milk without sacrificing that gorgeously creamy texture.

2. The Best Steak Fajitas

Be the hero of Taco Tuesday with these super flavorful 30-minute steak fajitas.

3. Steak and Watermelon Salad

Watermelon prices are going down at the grocery store, so why not make the most of it by throwing a juicy melon into a deliciously salty salad? This recipe really doesn’t get much easier, especially if you have leftover steak from your fajitas.

4. Garlic Butter Baked Salmon in Foil

Throw some sauce on your salmon and wrap it in some foil. You can grill or roast it. It’s great with roasted asparagus, squash, or potatoes – if you want to keep things as easy as possible, throw some vegetables in the foil packet with your salmon.

Photo Credit: Steven Depolo/Flickr

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5 Surprisingly Awesome Ways To Microwave Your Dinner (Recipes)

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By Cooking Panda

There are so many reasons why you might not feel like cooking dinner. It’s hard, it takes a lot of time, it heats up your house in the summer … the list goes on.

Takeout might seem more appealing, but what if I told you that you can whip up some super easy meals in the microwave, and nobody will be able to tell that you nuked it?

Here are some outstanding ways to trick your family and friends into thinking you grilled, sauteed, broiled and baked when you really just put everything together into a bowl and hit a couple buttons. Plus, it’s also a great method for single portion dinners. Check it out:

1. Turkey and Spinach Manicotti

Wow, so easy and so delicious! Who knew you could make an elaborate-looking pasta dish in the microwave? I sure didn’t! P.S. Feel free to use cooked or instant shells and fill them with leftover cooked chopped or shredded meat of any sort, like rotisserie chicken. In this case, you can drastically reduce the cooking time and check on your dish every few minutes, until it’s heated all the way through.

2. Lemon-Horseradish Sole

Steaming the fish keeps it tender and moist, while the lemon, mustard and butter give it a bold, fresh taste. If it’s good enough for Martha, it’s good enough for me!

3. Sticky Pork Spare Ribs

The secret to these sweet, pull-apart delights? Plum sauce and orange marmalade for an easy but excellent, bold flavor! These would be great served with microwave “baked” potatoes.

4. Thai-Style Scallops

Scallops seem like really fancy food, but they’re so easy to cook! If you’d rather pan-fry them, you can cook them on medium-high heat in butter, lemon and white wine (or use the Thai style sauce in this recipe), for a couple minutes on each side until they get a nice sear going.

5. Microwave Egg and Vegetable Breakfast Sandwich

Want something different? This filling breakfast meal is good any time of day!

Featured Image: alanagkelly/Flickr

Tags: dinner for one, easy dinner, easy weeknight dinner, microwave dinners, single dinner
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13 Unholy But Delicious Things To Do With Potato Chips (Recipes)

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By Cooking Panda

It’s no secret that potato chips — smooth or ridged, plain or barbecue — are delicious straight out of the bag. Less celebrated, and shamefully so, is their ability to add an unexpected touch of whimsy to just about any dish. Here are 13 different ways to appreciate the salty, crispy, powerful potato chip in everything from snacks to desserts.

Mac and Cheese Carbonara with Potato Chip Crust

Three-cheese pasta with crispy bacon, mushrooms and peas sounds great on its own. Try it baked with a parmesan and potato chip crust, though, and you’ll wonder why you ever made mac and cheese without a bag of Lay’s.

Potato Chip Toffee

Because everything tastes better with butter, sugar and chocolate.

Steak and Gorgonzola Potato Chip Nachos

These salty nachos are topped with far better than plain ol’ shredded cheese. They’re drizzled with a cheese sauce made from steak drippings, white wine, butter, cream and, oh yes, a mixture of blue and Gruyere cheeses. It’s poured carefully over the chips, followed by a generous helping of juicy steak and green onions, until each bite is laden with meaty, cheesy bliss.

Potato Chip Chicken Tenders

Coated with kettle chips and panko breadcrumbs, these quick and easy oven-fried tenders have a guaranteed crunch factor.

Salted Chocolate Tart with Potato Chip Crust

A buttery, salty potato chip crust balances handsomely with a sweet chocolate and coconut cream filling. It’s rich, it’s sleek, it’s magnifique.

“Cracked Out” Hot Chicken Salad

This warm chicken salad goes far beyond the classic mix-ins of celery and mayonnaise. It’s tossed with a flavorful seasoning mix, cheddar cheese and cooked bacon — and topped with potato chips and baked until crispy yet gooey. Eat it on your favorite bread, over a bed of greens or straight from the pan.

Savory Chive Cheesecake with Potato Chip Crust

Inspired by onion dip, this surprisingly delicious appetizer gets creaminess from cream cheese, flavor from chopped chives and softened spring onions, and contrast from crunchy crushed chips. For a simple and elegant look, garnish it with whole chives before baking. To mimic the appearance of dip, spread it with sour cream, chives and extra chips.

Kitchen Sink Brownies

These brownies cover every texture in the book: chewy fudginess from the brownie base, buttery silkiness from the chocolate topping, creaminess from Reese’s cups, and, of course, crunchiness from pretzels, Oreos and potato chips.

Funeral Potatoes

There’s nothing sad about this gloriously Southern combination of cheesy potatoes, cream of chicken, sour cream and crushed potato chips.

Cheesy Bacon Holiday Crack

This addictive appetizer comes together with a bag of kettle chips, tossed on a pan and topped with brown sugar, maple syrup, cheddar cheese, bacon and cayenne, then baked. It’s so simple, I’m not sure if it sounds easier to make or easier to devour in one sitting. 

Potato Chip Cookies

Combine two essential party snacks into one with this sweet and salty bake.

Potato Chip Grilled Cheese

Chips make a great side for sandwiches — until they get knocked off your plate. They serve a far better purpose inside of a sandwich. In this case, their saltiness cuts through the richness of cheese, and their crunchiness adds another dimension of texture to a tried and true treat.

Fried Mac and Cheese Balls

We started with mac and cheese, so let’s end with it, too. These golden brown babies combine the soft creaminess of cheesy mac with the crisp saltiness of potato chips into one (OK, maybe two or three) glorious bite.

Featured image credit: Pixabay

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